One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.
One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. SOUNDBITE *BETTER QUALITY TO FOLLOW*
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in Ouagadougou. She is at the start of a tour of the Sahel region that will see her pass through Niger and Mali. IMAGES
Several thousand people demonstrate in Ouagadougou during a day of general strikes against the increase in the price of fuel and to demand a return to old prices.
In the women’s prison in Ouagadougou, 13 babies and toddlers are in detention alongside the normal inmates. Many convicted mothers have no choice but to take their children with them despite severe hygiene issues and a lack of resources to care for them.
Crocodiles may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the fearsome reptiles. People in Bazoule, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the capital Ouagadougou, share their pond with more than 100 of the razor-toothed creatures.
Residents of Ouagadougou say they fear fresh attacks, after the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), a jihadist group allied to al-Qaeda, on Saturday claimed responsibility for attacking the Burkinabe capital. Eight armed forces personnel were killed in the fighting in the West African nation on Friday, which was said to have been carried out in retaliation for a French operation in Mali.
Armed men attacked the French embassy in Burkina Faso and the country’s military headquarters before being repelled in a battle that left dozens of dead or injured.
Six people were killed in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou on Friday when they attacked the French embassy and the country’s military headquarters, the government said, adding that members of the security forces had also been wounded. PHOTOS of authorities responding to attack
Helicopters fly around the French embassy in Ouagadougou after it was attacked and four assailants were killed. IMAGES